Remy Hair VS Non-Remy Hair

100% Virgin Remy Human Hair! Have you ever noticed the frequent used word “Remy” in human hair ads or slogans? Does it ever cross your mind that “How do I know real Remy hair, virgin hair when I’m ordering hair online or buying hair at a hair boutique? Is Remy hair the best quality hair? Are there any difference between Remy hair and virgin hair? Well, before you get further information about Remy hair, it’s imperative for you to comprehend the composition of a hair strand so that you can completely understand what’s Remy hair.

The three most important parts of a human hair strand are the medulla, cortex, and cuticle. Understanding these elements will help you better visualize the human hair strand. The innermost layer of the hair shaft is the Medulla. A medulla’s shaft is nearly invisible and considered very fragile. You could possibly see it with a high powered microscope. A hair’s cortex is the thickest hair layer which also contains the pigment to give the hair color. The outermost layer of a human hair strand is known as the cuticle. Cuticles are made of hard shingle-like cells that provide protection to the inner layers of the hair. These cells actually give the hair strand strength and protection.

In the hair industry, Remy hair is considered as the top tier of all human hair and of course it’s more expensive. So what does Remy hair mean and why is it so sought-after, let’s find out the answer together. The term “REMY” refers to the characteristics of the hair and the method used to manufacture the hair extensions.

“Remy” or “Full Cuticle Hair” means that the hair has all cuticles healthy, intact and all cuticles flow in the same direction from root to the tip. Typically hair is of “Remy” quality when it has been collected directly from a woman's head and has been but while held in a ponytail, so none of the hair strands fall to the floor. Because of the careful collection process, only “Remy” quality hair can guarantee that all cuticles will stay aligned and the hair will be tangle-free hair in its most natural form. True “Remy” hair lasts for a long time, can be reused several times, and can be colored or flat ironed with heat just like one's own natural hair. Remy hair is only lightly processed. Remy human hair extensions should last up to 3 to 6 months with regular maintenance. Because of the collection method, Remy hair is in short supply and is therefore quite expensive.

What’s Non-Remy Hair?   

Unlike Remy hair usually collected from temples and places where people voluntarily donate their hair, non-Remy hair is collected from the floor of temples, salons and door-to-door brush hair collection. Due to these types of collection methods, cuticle directions are always mixed up and it cannot guarantee the cuticle was running in the same direction, which causes the hair to tangle and matte quite easily. It is in greater supply and easy to collect. Therefore non-Remy hair is much cheaper than Remy Hair.

The majority of human hair sold today is non-Remy hair. Because of the method of collection, the cuticle for each hair strand tends to be in all different directions. In order to compensate for this, the hair will go through a process sometimes referred to as an “acid bath”, to completely remove the entire cuticle. After the cuticle removal process, the hair is dipped in silicone to make it shine and to cover up any cuticles that were not removed in the acid bath. The silicone adds weight to the hair and ups the selling price as hair is sold by weight.

Fake Remy Hair

Do all companies that call their hair “Remy” actually sell Remy hair? Absolutely not.

As we mentioned before, to minimize tangling problems, many vendors treat the hair with special chemicals to strip off the cuticles completely and then apply layers of silicone coating over it to bring back the sheen. Unfortunately, after such treatment the hair initially looks and feels good and it is difficult for consumers to detect if it is Non-Remy hair just by touching or feeling it. There are several distinguished characteristics of non-Remy hair which labeled as Remy.

1.Cheaper price: Because non-Remy is so difficult to detect, many vendors unscrupulously labels this hair as “Remy hair” and attracts customer through aggressive pricing using ploys such as “factory direct”, “wholesale”, “deep discount” etc. Such “Non-Remy hair” (often labeled as “Remy”) is available at a significantly cheaper price point than real “Remy” hair.

2.Matte and tangling: Non-Remy hair may initially appear soft and silky, but after a few washes, the hair will become extremely tangled, dry, and will not hold a style. The hair seems high-quality because factories will coat the hair with silicone, making the hair feel soft and appear silky and shiny. The silicone is not permanent and washes off when you shampoo it and wears away against your clothing. After the silicone coating wears off, the hair feels very rough.

3.Cannot be dyed or heated: To strip off the cuticles, hair suppliers may soak the hair in acid or coat the hair with silicon. After all the processing, the hair is too damaged and weak to handle any further styling such as application of heat and color that the customer might desire to do at the salon. It does not last beyond a few washes and cannot be reused at all. The hair might last you about a month, and then it will be time for you to replace the hair. The constant need to repurchase hair every month will become extremely expensive.

4.Skin irritation or allergy: Fake Remy hair is often mixed with animal or synthetic fiber hair or collected from the floor of salons, which means the mixed hair comes from more than one donor and the hygiene cannot be guaranteed. In addition to that, all these non-Remy hair has been chemically processed. It can cause skin irritation and scalp allergies to people sensitive to certain chemicals, synthetic or animal fibers.

There are some hair suppliers that claim they sell unprocessed Remy hair. To some extent all hair must be processed to ensure that the cuticle is aligned in the same direction. Some companies claim to sell 100% Remy Hair, but are mixing between 10-40% Non-Remy hair into their packs. It is said that Remy hair has a cool and silky feeling when you touch it, but most people probably will not be able to tell the difference by looking at it. Only after 2 to 3 weeks when that hair starts to matte up we will know it’s not Remy. Some really cheap beauty store packed hair that had the word “Remy” in their brand name. They might not have said if the hair they offer is Remy, which it wasn’t, but it was in their brand name so most people would expect it to be so. The term “Remy” can be confusing and tricky because so many companies use it for marketing and advertising.

Remy hair is NOT virgin hair!

As you browse the hair website, it’s not hard to find that there is another word frequently used in hair advertisements. That is “Virgin”. Many people get confused about Remy hair and virgin hair. Actually they are two different concepts to describe different states of the hair. Remy hair means all the cuticles are facing the same direction and stay intact. It is the most durable, long-lasting, and reliable hair and will maintain its natural movement and appearance from 3 to 6 months. It is the best quality human hair available to hair extension lovers. Virgin hair means the hair is completely 100% natural and unprocessed. It has not been permed, dyed, colored, bleached and chemically processed in any way and is only available in its natural color. And for virgin hair, all the cuticles are still intact and face the same direction. When you purchase Remy hair it may already be dyed. Remember that Remy means the cuticles are facing in one direction. It doesn’t mean ‘unprocessed’ or virgin. Virgin hair is always Remy hair; however, Remy hair may not always be virgin hair.

How to Differentiate Remy Hair and Non-Remy Hair?

Every hair company advertises high-quality Remy hair, but you must know that there are more vendors selling fake Remy hair than those selling authentic Remy hair. When you spend money on hair products, you must be well equipped to tell real Remy hair apart from fake Remy hair in the market. So how can you protect yourself from the non-Remy hair and prevent yourself from making some costly mistakes? Here are a few tips:

Hair color check: For the real Remy hair, the root color is different to the tip. Normally the tip color will be a little darker than the root color. But for non-Remy hair, there is no color difference between the tip and root, because the hair direction is mixed. It’s an important way to check the hair is Remy or not.

Cuticle check: 100% Remy hair that is not chemically processed must have the cuticles present on the hair. To check for hair cuticle, wet your hand, run your fingers down through the hair, and you will feel really smooth. And if you run your fingers up, you’ll feel rough and that’s real Remy hair. This rough feel signifies the cuticle is present and has not been stripped. If you feel smooth when you’re going down and up, that means the cuticles have been removed.

Black dots check: If you put the hair on a piece of white paper, you can check its two ends and find some black dots. Non-Remy hair is usually called as dead hair. That means the hair falls naturally, so there will be such kind of black dots. And Remy hair is cut from the donors directly, so there will be no black dots. Can the black dots on non-Remy hair can be removed? The answer is YES. The hair workers will cut around 1cm of the hair on both ends to remove the black dots. So it’s not easy to find the black dots easily.

What should we bear in mind?

When dealing with really cheap hair you will often get what you pay for. Some people may feel that they are saving money by purchasing non-Remy hair, but in reality, they are wasting money. At first glance the non-Remy hair will appear silky and shiny. After a few shampoos the silicone layer will start to wash off. The hair will slowly become duller, brittle and will tangle and matte very easily. Then you have to spend more money to get a new one. Also it’s difficult to indentify the Remy hair and non-Remy hair by just looking at the appearance of the hair, even for hair experts. Because of the collection method and quality of Remy hair, it’s undoubtedly more expensive than non-Remy hair. And in most cases, no hair companies will claim selling non-Remy hair. Just be sure what kind of hair you want and what price you can accept before you place the order. And when you get the hair,  proper maintenance cannot be ignored too.

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